CHICAGO, IL – 14 Mar, 2016 – Latino Art Beat is launching its 19th consecutive annual art competition by offering scholarship support to currently enrolled high school juniors and seniors anywhere in the USA who win in this year’s milestone visual arts competition! The general theme of Latino Art Beats annual competition reflects the history and culture of Latin America, themed “What Hispanic Heritage and Culture Means to Me?” Students need not be of Latino descent to enter the competition. Latino Art Beat winning students have been awarded over $4 million in scholarship support to date. The 2015 national competition winner, Anais Perez of Doral Academy, Miami was awarded a combined scholarship of $146,000 through the Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore) and Latino Art Beat scholarship partnership!

From time to time Latino Art Beat focuses its theme on a country or related topic , in the past on Mexico for its Bi-Centennial (2010); on Venezuela for its Independence Bi-Centennial (2010); and “What Sports Mean to Me?” (2015). With the recent restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, Latino Art Beat is reaching out to the YOUTH of both countries in the interests of mutual understanding, art exchanges and FRIENDSHIP! Accordingly, this year Latino Art Beat is offering as its alternate competition theme: “Friendship: Between the Youth of the United States and Cuba”, whereby students may draw or paint their interpretation of this exciting competition theme.

“The culture of Cuba is a complex mixture of different factors and influences, with European [Spanish], African and indigenous American influences. On my trips to Cuba I have seen great enthusiasm in young Cuban visual artists. The talent level of these student artists, musicians, poets and writers abounds at an astonishing rate – I can’t wait until their young United States counterparts have the opportunity to interact”, says Don Rossi Nuccio, President of Latino Art Beat.

Those entering this year’s competition might consider portraying a colorful depiction of American (USA) and Cuban youth interacting; playing sports, i.e., baseball, soccer, etc.; show comparisons between the two cultures; demonstrate how Cuban culture has influenced literature, fashion, music and / or dance in the USA; student artists portrayals of the anticipated outreach of FRIENDSHIP with the youth of Cuba.

Winning artwork will be displayed at various venues on a national basis and ideally might also be displayed in Cuba.

In 2016 Latino Art Beat offers a separate “Film & Animation“ competition category whereby young filmmakers (including college students under the age of 21 years old) may enter a short original film of 15 minutes or less in the following categories: Narratives, Documentaries, PSA’s and Animation. Films may be submitted as a DVD or via electronic media such as Vimeo, YouTube, Dropbox, etc. accompanied by the appropriate link and password. Winning films are screened at high profile venues. Last year Latino Art Beat partnered with the HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood, CA where the winning films were screened at the TCL Theatre (Graumans Chinese Theatre) in Hollywood.

The National competition deadline date is May 27, 2016. Local deadlines may vary in participating cities.

For more information about this year’s competition please visit the Latino Art Beat website,

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